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September 2021

CSO Masterworks – A Triumphant Return

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

With this season opening concert — a journey from France to Russia and back again — the CSO will rejoice with music to honor our much-anticipated return to the audience-filled concert hall. There may be no better sound to usher in a celebratory homecoming than with Hector Berlioz’s rousing, colorful Roman Carnival Overture. It has become one of the French Romantic composer’s most frequently performed works since its 1844 Paris premiere.   Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini…

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October 2021

CSO POPS – Music of the Movies: Heroes and Villians

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

In the CSO’s annual tradition of performing music from popular films and television, we will journey to the cinema and explore the sounds of good versus evil. Selections will include music from the Marvel superhero movies Spiderman and Black Panther, and DC Comics’ favorites Superman and Batman. The concert will also feature familiar favorites from classics such as Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Psycho, Game of Thrones, songs from James Bond,the famous “Parade of the Charioteers” from Ben Hur,…

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CSO Masterworks – Bolero

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on October 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Richard Strauss’ tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks brought the German folklore character Till Eulenspiegel to the international masses. As the title suggests, the work follows the escapade and antics of Till with a delightful, romping journey around the orchestra. The composer said of the work, “I only wanted to give the people in the concert hall a good laugh for once.” Strauss’ Burleske for piano and orchestra is youthful and vigorous and features a complex piano solo and soaring…

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CSO Masterworks – Beethoven and Witches

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on October 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Recognized as the leading opera composer of his time, the prolific Gioachino Rossini wrote The Silken Staircase at age 20. The comedic opera, though very popular in its day, is not performed as often as are his The Barber of Seville or William Tell. However, The Silken Staircase Overture stands the test of time as a masterpiece punctuated by lively banter between the strings and the upper woodwinds. At its 1803 premiere, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto was not…

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November 2021

CSO Masterworks – Stars of the CSO

November 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on November 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The “King of Swing” Benny Goodman commissioned American composer Aaron Copland to write the Clarinet Concerto. This performance will feature the Charleston Symphony’s Charles Messersmith. Charles was appointed as Second Clarinet with the CSO in 1998 in a national audition and became Principal Clarinet in 2005. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major for Violin and Viola will allow two CSO musicians to really shine. Jan-Marie Christy Joyce has been an indispensable member of the CSO as Principal Viola for more…

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December 2021

CSO Holiday POPS!

December 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on December 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bring your family and friends to enjoy the annual holiday tradition, which has become a spectacular celebration. Holiday Pops will include choirs, dancers, guest vocalists, pipers, and special appearances by Frosty the Snowman, Saint Nick, and more. The festive performance will feature beloved orchestral selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker to two movements of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra’s jazzy Nutcracker Suite. Joyous carols such as “The First Noel” and “Gloria” will showcase the…

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January 2022

CSO Masterworks – Hart of Tchaikovsky

January 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on January 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

This performance will explore fanfare, reflection, and fate with music from two living composers and a 19th Century Russian Romantic. The concert opens with Black American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s Fanfare on “Amazing Grace,” a work performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. Listeners will find that its brass embellishment grasps your attention while its familiar hymnal melody captivates. The Shanghai Quartet—one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles—will join the Charleston Symphony for the…

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CSO Pops – The Great American Songbook

January 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

There was a time before Elvis swiveled his hips on national television and prior to anyone knowing a musical genre called “rock and roll.” Music written during what we now call the Great American Songbook originally started around 100 years ago and continued to be at the forefront of popular culture through WWII and the 1950s. Often jazz-influenced, usually witty, and sometimes pulled from Broadway musicals, the tunes are now American musical standards. The legacy lives in songs and compositions…

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February 2022

CSO Mastworks – Chopin’s Masterpiece

February 4, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on February 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Julia Perry’s aptly-titled A Short Piece for Small Orchestra manages to celebrate the entire orchestra in its seven-minute journey. Perry, a Black American composer who started out writing vocal compositions, lived from 1924-1979 and penned a dozen symphonies before her death. A Short Piece for Orchestra, written in 1952, is far more complex and bolder than its simple, humble title suggests. Read more about Julia Perry. Frédéric François Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 displays emotional depths and poetic melodies that…

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March 2022

CSO Masterworks – Stravinsky’s Petrushka

March 4, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on March 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Johannes Brahms’ one and only violin concerto does indeed demonstrate the gifts of its soloist, but it is less focused on technique and more on substance and expression. It also features extensive passages for the orchestra, often highlighting the woodwinds and giving the concerto an almost symphonic feel. Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka tells the story of the title character, a popular puppet in Russian folk tales, who finds himself in several uniquely human experiences including love and death. After his…

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CSO Pops – Dreaming of April in Paris

March 31, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

By the time this concert starts, it will still be March in Charleston; but it will be April in Paris! Charleston has a deep connection to French culture and this performance will celebrate that shared legacy with well-known French music. Take a walk in the moonlight with Claude Debussy’s Claire de lune, dance the can-can to Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and revel in the sounds of George Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen. In addition to these classics, the performance…

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April 2022

CSO Masterworks – Beethoven’s 9th

April 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on April 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs is a choral work which heavily features a baritone soloist in four of the five songs. Based on poems set to music, the verses are largely spiritually derived. While the first four maintain a tone of a deep introspection, the concluding fifth song “Antiphon,” lifts like a triumphant hymn. Rapturous. Colossal. Legendary. These are all apt descriptions of one of the most well-known pieces of music of all time. In it, you experience sounds…

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